Avery too much (again) for Flyers

     NEW YORK _ Late Saturday, weather-related electrical problems caused the Flyers’ private Amtrak train to get stuck during what turned out to be a grueling 6½-hour trip to New York. 
      It was an omen.
      The Flyers’ offense was stuck Sunday as it produced just 18 shots and put little pressure on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
      As a result, the Flyers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
     The Flyers’ lifeless play, especially in the last two periods, was in stark contrast to Saturday’s electric 3-2 win over Chicago. In that game, the Flyers scored two goals in the final 2:04, including Chris Pronger’s winner with 2.1 seconds left.
     There was no carryover effect Sunday. No sense of urgency.
    Instead, the Flyers looked tired from a brutal stretch in which they have played eight games in 13 days.
    Coach Peter Laviolette didn’t want to hear about the fatigue factor.
    “No excuses,” he said.
     Sean Avery scored two goals to pace the ninth-place Rangers, who moved to within five points of the sixth-place Flyers in the Eastern Conference.
     Avery’s performance was eerily similar to one last March 15, when he netted two goals in a 4-1 Rangers win that started a 7-7-1 Flyers tailspin _ one that cost them the fourth seed.
     With the Flyers facing a 2-1 deficit Sunday, Lundqvist robbed James van Riemsdyk after he tried to finish off Arron Asham’s slick two-on-one pass with 6:41 left in the second period. Van Riemsdyk barreled into Lundqvist and was given a goalie interference penalty.
     The Rangers couldn’t cash in on that power play or one awarded when Scott Hartnell threw some punches at Avery with 2:30 to go in the second period. Avery refused to fight and never dropped his stick.
     Avery, who drew three Flyers penalties, made it 3-1 by scoring his 10th goal of the season with 5:55 left in the game. The left winger's long shot from a bad angle tipped off the glove of goalie Michael Leighton _ and sent the Flyers to Nashville in an unhappy mood.
      They hope their flight is better than their train trip. Or Sunday’s performance.
     Notes. The Mike Richards-Simon Gagne-Dan Carcillo line combined for just two shots…. The Flyers missed a chance to move to within one point of fifth-place Ottawa….Richards had a game-high seven hits….The Flyers won 51 percent of the faceoffs…..Sunday started a four-game road trip for the Flyers, who also travel to Nashville, Dallas and Atlanta.....The Flyers, who played their eighth game in 13 days and appeared tired, will not practice on Monday.